DSS-GB are the European Champions
At the end of a fabulous week of competition in Paris at the 4th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships, the 30 swimmers from DSS-GB were crowned champions!
Not only that, Billy Birchmore was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.
The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. World records tumbled and PBs were smashed. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.
A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.
For more details of the competition, please take a look at our blog.
Winter training camp
Our next training camp will be held in January in Cheltenham.
The weekend will include land and pool training as well as a session on nutritional advice. The GBR coaches will be joined by a special guest disability coach. There will be social time too including a meal and a disco on Saturday night. The DJ will be one of our own DSS-GB swimmers who has many other talents!
We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email email@example.com.
Proper recognition of swimmers with Down syndrome
It is an ambition of DSS-GB to get Down syndrome swimmers proper recognition by the Paralympic movement.
The top World Male T21 swimmer, Billy Birchmore of DSS-GB is pictured here with Paralympic medalist Amy Marren, both collecting achievement awards from GLL sports foundation. Amy supports Down syndrome swimmers’ fight to become part of the Paralympic movement. These two world champions are a real credit to disability swimming
The current S14 classification doesn’t fit people with Down syndrome due to their unique combination of intellectual and physical disability. This means that swimmers with Down syndrome are excluded from Paralympic competition.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.